Shades of gold, frankincense & myrrh dress Christ Worship Centre in British Columbia
The doors are now open to the glorious 36,000 sq ft Christ Worship Centre in Surrey, British Columbia. Designed by Acton Ostry Architects, the Centre is the first in a two-phase project which will also see the erection of a small chapel and large sanctuary on the plot, which borders a picturesque field, forest and creek.
Defining the otherwise muted religious structure are sheets of coloured glass in the hues of gold, frankincense and myrrh, casting magnificent tinted shadows across the interior spaces. These can be found in the double-height lobby and a large cross-shaped window, with coloured patterns cascading across the public spaces.
Acton Ostry Architects says of the lobby: “This double-height space is both a threshold and a soaring circulation crossroad where one feels as if they are wading through ether. In classical antiquity, ether was thought to be the fifth element of nature; the quintessential ‘Living Garment of God’ weaved in light unchanging and eternal.”
To provide a blank canvas for these vivid hues to take centre stage, the remaining palette of materials has been kept as neutral as possible. Buff concrete block, concrete, clear glass and Jerusalem stone have been used throughout the 36,000 sq ft Christ Worship Centre with interiors sporting maple panelling and polished concrete flooring to reflect the coloured glow.
Alongside the feature lobby this first phase of the project includes daycare and classrooms, a library, dance studio, administration offices, a dining hall with commercial kitchen, choir room and a gymnasium. Once the second phase of the project is complete - adding a small chapel and large sanctuary solely for worship - the scheme will encompass 64,000 sq ft however in the meantime the gymnasium (Fellowship Hall) is also being used as a banqueting and worship space.